Reflections and observations on my life as a quilting cat lady.
"Think you can't change the world? Too late, you already have. It was changed for the better the minute you were born. There are more people than you can imagine who will never be the same because they came in contact with you, if only for a fleeting moment." ~Gail Purcell
"Giving thanks for abundance is sweeter than the abundance itself..."
"Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot."
--The Hausa of Nigeria
"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, 'thank you,' that would suffice." --Meister Eckhart
"Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life."
I was offered a full time teaching position today (special education) (yay!)
Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it. ~The Buddha
Prayer for the Work Day
Almighty God, thank Thee for the job of this day.
May we find gladness in all its toil and difficulty,
its pleasure and success,
and even in its failure and sorrow.
We would look always away from ourselves,
and behold the glory and the need of the world
that we may have the will and the strength to bring
the gift of gladness to others;
that with them we stand to bear
the burden and heat of the day
and offer Thee the praise of work well done.
Today, learning new vocabulary words makes me VERY happy. Sounds like an unusual thing to be happy about doesn't it?? Well, I guess it all depends on the words that you are learning and the situations involved.
The new word I learned this week is
also called a fatty tumor.
I had my routine mammogram this week
followed by an ultrasound to check on
what turned out to be a Lipoma.
Since everything happened pretty quickly,
I never really got into "worry mode".
BUT learning about lipoma was still a relief.
Who knew vocabulary and FAT could make me so happy?
Finally got myself up into my sewing room!
Finished putting my Jelly Roll Sampler together. Doesn't look too bad now with the sashing and borders. I decided to just make 9 out of the 12 blocks since I wasn't loving my fabric (Charisma by Moda). Still made a nice sized lap quilt.
"It is never too late to be what we might have been" - George Eliot
"The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities."
-- James Allen
As I get older, I make more of an effort to be kind in every thing I do and say. I know from experience how much a flip comment thrown out at random can cause hurt that will stay with a person for a lifetime.
I am especially careful when I send emails or create blog posts/comments that I phrase my statements in a kind way. When you can't see a person's face as they say a comment it is even harder to know the meaning behind the words. It is better to err on the side of caution and don't write anything that may be taken in a hurtful way.
Welcome to the Pets on Quilts Show hosted by SewCalGal! Enjoy my pictures of kitties on quilts and quilts in progress..... and be sure to visit SewCalGal so that you can enjoy all the other entries. This is going to be SO much fun!
I think that you all know Harry, he welcomes you to my blog everyday! I adopted him from the animal shelter where my daughter works, she practically threw him in my arms to take him home!
Wild Harry on Scratch quilt
He can be a little crazy, opening bread packages, raiding the milk bone box, and opening brand new treat packages the minute I bring them home. He likes to chase the other cats and just be a little nutty. And while he doesn't like to be picked up, and I can only pet him on his head (not sure why, the vet isn't sure either) He is a VERY loving cat and loves to be with me as much as possible.
Hunter on Charity quilt
This is my boy Hunter. He was the first cat I adopted after my divorce (my ex was allergic so I never could have one). Adopting this sweet boy got me out of my blues and back on the track of life. He can be a little naughty but there is no way that I would trade him for the world. He loves to "knead" my hair when I am in bed, all the while drooling away with happiness. When I get up and look in the mirror I have this weird "teased" look with cat spit for hair gel. Very attractive!!
And even though these quilts are NOT done, I thought I would share these pictures with you. This is Georgie (he is my profile pic) and Ellie. They are litter mates, adopted from the shelter, rescued from an animal hoarder. They were both extremely sick when I took them in, very skinny, and had digestion issues. (I won't elaborate) It was quite a challenge to get them healthy but now look at how fluffy and sweet they both are! They have got the most beautiful personalities, so laid back and sweet. Unfortunately their hair is so long and so white that is it ALL over my house, clothes, books, furniture.....you name it! But I wouldn't change a thing.
Ellie (look at those eyes!)
Thank you for stopping by!
Now you have gotten to know my kitties a little bit better. And you can see why I named my blog the way I did! I may have a lot of cat hair in my house, but I also have a lot of love.
Three great kids grown up and successful, check!
Finished my Masters of Education in my "spare time", check! Got a brand new super-great teaching job, check!
Still lots more I want to do in this second half of my life. One thing I need to do is spend more time creating and quilting. Hope to share some of the trials and successes here. Will you join me?
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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. - Marianne Williamson